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Forest Restoration at Bonesteele Ecological Park, Marion County, Oregon1 Karen B. Arabas, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Willamette University2
 

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Forest Restoration at Bonesteele Ecological Park, Marion County, Oregon1
Karen B. Arabas, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Willamette University2
Abstract
Marion County Parks Department has recently established Bonesteele Ecological Park with the
aim of restoring the site to its pre-European settlement vegetation. Prairie restoration is already
underway and this report provides results from a biogeographical study of the forest and
recommendations for its restoration. Prior to European settlement the site was most likely an oak
savanna maintained by periodic Native American burning. With settlement, the savanna has
succeeded to a mature upland forest composed of Douglas fir, big leaf maple, hazelnut, and a variety of
other native and non-native trees and plants. Three options for the forest are presented: 1) convert the
forest to oak savanna, 2) do nothing, 3) remove non-natives from the forest and create savanna
elsewhere on the site. I recommend the third option because it is less expensive than the first and is
more in line with the restoration goals of Marion County Parks.
1.0 Introduction
Marion County Parks has undertaken a restoration initiative at its 30 acre Bonesteele
Ecological Park. The primary emphasis has been directed toward restoring 20 acres of pasture to pre-
European settlement upland prairie (Ridgeline Resource Planning 1999). Recent discussion among the
planning committee has also revealed the need to consider the 6 acres of the site which are forested.
The objective of this document is to present the results of research at Bonesteele Ecological Park

  

Source: Arabas, Karen - Environmental and Earth Sciences Department, Willamette University

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology; Geosciences